I wanted to write this post in honor of a man I had the privilege of being directed by for many years. His name was Kevin Seymour and it was recently announced that he passed away. I don’t know what caused his untimely death. I know he was in bad health for quite a while. He was an ADR dubbing director for many films and TV series in the anime genre.
Some of the projects that I worked on with Kevin Seymour on include:
- Metropolis (I played Tima – the girl robot)
- Ghost in the Shell (I was Batou’s main Tachikoma – a cute little machine that talked)
- Star Ocean (Farleen),
- .hack, (additional voices)
- Akira (additional voices
- Armitage Dual Matrix (Yoko)
- Cowboy Bebop (Muriel)
- Hand Made May (Cyberdoll Rena)
- and many more. I’m a dork at remembering what roles I played.
Kevin was an elusive human being.
I never really got to know him well, because I believe he was quite shy. He would call, leave a mysterious message, book me, we’d do the gig, and occasionally he’d intersperse our sessions with funny cartoon breaks, usually involving cats. He had an 80’s “new wave” persona, was delightfully quirky, and would always disappear silently during breaks to have a smoke. I appreciate the fact that he, and his company, along with producer Yutaka Maseba, worked under SAG contracts.
It’s rare to see anime anymore under a union contract because the state of the voice over and anime industries have changed so drastically.
Being cast in the beautiful anime version of the film Metropolis was one of the highlights of my infamous career as an anime queen. Of all the anime projects I worked on (hundreds – not all credited on my IMDB) Metropolis was clearly one of my very favorites. It was originally produced in Japan and directed by the famous director Rintaro. I was astounded to be cast in the part of “Tima” the mysterious and melancholy girl robot. Tima discovers that she’s an artificial being and machine designed to conquer the world. It was a leading role and quite challenging for me as it required a depth of emotions. I love the scene where Ray Charles “I Can’t Stop Loving You” is playing behind it.
I hope I did it some justice.
We dubbed Metropolis at Sony Studios and did take after take to get it right. Kevin had to deal with an overly zealous Sony guy who turned a session that was only supposed to last about 4 hours into a couple of days. Good for me I guess. What I loved about that film was it’s amazing beauty. It was gorgeously drawn, animated and written.
I know many people prefer the Japanese version with subtitles but for those who prefer the English version, it was an honor to be part of it.
Ghost in the Shell – Stand Alone Complex, a very popular anime, was also a pleasure to work on. I played a feisty little machine called Tachikoma B. It was the leading character’s main Tachikoma. Other Tachikoma included the voices of my friends Sherry Lynn, Sandy Fox, Melissa Fahn, Julie Maddalena, and Lara Jill Miller
I remember coming into the studio (we worked at Magnitude 8 in Pacoima) in 2001 when my husband was in the hospital. He would pass away days later. It was a difficult time for me to be there, but I had been booked before my husband made his quick decline. (from a brain tumor) Kevin was so sympathetic and got me out of the studio as soon as possible. After that I become a single mom and I’ve always appreciated the work he so graciously gave me.
Of all the anime director-producers that I’ve worked with, I’d have to say that Kevin had the most artistry and love for his projects. He was able to keep them truest to the original Japanese. I always felt very confident and happy working with him. He brought a relaxing sense of calm to the studio. I never saw him blow up or be difficult. The anime community will miss him tremendously.
Goodbye Kevin – With much love
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